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Southern cooking has a well-deserved reputation for its indulgence. From fried chicken, mac and cheese, and biscuits, to famously large portions, to decadent desserts, you’ll leave any traditional Southern dinner stuffed to the brim.
But there’s more to Southern cooking than just fried food and butter. Southern cooking is complex and nuanced, with culinary influence from around the world! We’ve created this collection of dinner recipes and tutorials so that you can cook a classic Southern dinner no matter where you’re from.
Healthy dinner recipes
The South may not be known for its healthy eating, but in reality, many Southern dishes center around low-fat proteins (chicken and turkey), and vegetables (like collard greens).
- Oven-baked chicken wings are a great dinner option, and carry a small fraction of the calories of fried chicken.
- Pan-seared scallops are another way to pack in the protein and can be served alongside your favorite veggies and starch for a complete, nutritious meal.
There is also an abundance of Southern dishes that fit dietary preferences like vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free.
Quick and easy dinner recipes
Very few people have the luxury of spending hours cooking dinner every day.
Whether you work long days at the office or spend your time wrangling your kids, having quick and easy dinner recipes on hand will ensure you always have dinner ready on time.
For many recipes, especially stews and meats, you can cut your cooking time in half by using a pressure cooker.
French bread pizza is a great option when you’re short on time — this recipe takes only 15 minutes to make! Partially preparing your weekly dinners ahead of time is another great way to ensure that you have time to serve a nutritious, hot meal every evening.
Most casseroles can be made ahead of time and frozen, and crab cakes can be prepared the night before, and fried up in only 10 minutes.
Dinner recipes with chicken
Chicken is one of the most affordable meats available at the grocery store and tends to be relatively higher in protein and lower in fat and calories than most other meats. Because of this, it is an enormously popular dinner item!
Chicken has a bad reputation for being dry and bland, but following a recipe is a great way to ensure your dish is flavorful and delicious. Try this one-skilled balsamic chicken breast recipe, which is perfect for a date night or nutritious weeknight meal. This dutch oven roasted chicken makes a wholesome family meal.
Dinner recipes for the whole family
If you have a large family, finding a recipe that yields enough servings, and that everyone will like can be a big challenge.
- A shrimp boil is the perfect celebratory meal for large family gatherings, and the kids will love how interactive it is.
- Homemade pizza is another great option for families with kids, and making pizzas with half one topping, and half another will allow everyone to pick their favorites.
Family-style meals with a roast and several sides — like mashed potatoes, veggies, and cornbread — are another popular option for large families and weekend gatherings.